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top exemplifies how advanced technology in the STEM fields have become. When students get to explore their own thinking and investigate their questions, essentially behaving like a scientist, then learning will inevitably occur. The development of digital tools allows for deep learning and authentic learning experiences. This program allows students to access technical equipment for exploring science in a very hands-on, expe- riential way. In the past, due to cost and size, the scanning electron microscope has been a device usually found only in universities and research laboratories. Under the SAMR model guidelines, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow provision of tablets and technology and Hitachi Loan Program for a scanning electron microscope can be considered examples of Modification (technology allowing for significant learning task redesign). These examples of OverDrive, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow and the Hitachi scan- ning electron microscope loan are examples in HLPUSD of the opportunities described under application of the SAMR model. These improved learning opportunities with technology occur because of the relationships among organizations, businesses, and educa- tors who recognize the need and importance of actualizing the goal of real 21st century learning. The technology and the tools exist for classroom use, the next step is to ensure that all classrooms have the access to them with the training to support these bold, in- novative, effective, and necessary moves. Improving student access to tech- nology Following the SAMR model, an example of Substitution (technology acting as a direct substitute with no functional change) would be simply improving student access to technol- ogy. The learning day and environment has ex- panded beyond the walls of the school and the boundaries of the bells signaling the beginning and end of the school day. Access to technology and the internet at home is not universal. To meet this challenge of improving stu- dent access to technology at home, Sprint and HLPUSD have established a partner- ship that eligible high school students in HLPUSD to receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Mil- lion Project. The mission of the Sprint 1 Million Project is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable In- ternet access at home reach their full poten- tial by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access. At the foundation of the 1Million Project, it is estimated that 70% of America’s high school teachers assign homework requiring online connectivity. However, more than five million families with school-aged stu- dents do not have internet connectivity at home. These students are unable to complete their homework, search for jobs, apply to college and financial aid, or easily access the valuable information they need to succeed in school and life. The program was rolled out in 2018-2019 with a pilot for 600+ students at HLPUSD high schools. Each student participating in the 1 Mil- lion Project received a tablet with 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years, while they are in high school. Building A better world through video: Open heart, open minds - Skype-A-Thon 2018 The Skype-A-Thon allowed HLPUSD students participating in and traveling vir- tually to other parts of the planet to help other students in need. Microsoft partnered with the nonprofit WE Schools for Skype- a-Thon 2018 to help support access to qual- ity education for children around the world. This can be considered an example under the SAMR model of Redefinition (technology allowing for the creation of new tasks, previ- ously inconceivable). WE Schools, a free service-learning pro- gram founded on the belief that all children should have access to education, helps stu- dents domestically and those in WE Vil- lages, where transformation takes place as strategic measures are taken to break the cycle of poverty, and to access educational opportunities. The model is built on five pil- lars of impact – Education, Water, Health, Food, and Opportunity. In HLPUSD, two classes participated 30 Leadership